Ricky Martin announces new video in Puerto Vallarta

Ricky Martin announces new video in Puerto Vallarta

November 27, 2017

Before his free concert began at the Zocalo in Mexico City, Ricky Martin had already won the hearts of the public, who waited for him for up to five hours to have a good place, as he fulfilled the promise to appear.

Originally his concert was scheduled for September 20, but due to the devastating earthquake that occurred a day earlier in the center and south of the country, it had been postponed until further notice.

Not only did he fulfill his promise to return, but he made another at the end of his dynamic presentation on Saturday: returning to Mexico in early 2018. The Puerto Rican star gave his local fans one more reason to applaud him.

“I will start next year here in Mexico,” Martin said, after which he received an ovation. “I will be visiting Puerto Vallarta where I am going to film my next video and that wonderful land has to be seen by everyone”, he added before playing the last chords of “La mordidita”.

“A lot of peace, a lot of love, a lot of Fuerza México!”, said the Puerto Rican pop star during the concert, using a phrase that became a motto of struggle and hope shortly after the earthquake.

At the beginning he asked the audience: “I want everyone to forget the problems at work, at home, problems in the country and tonight we fly, tonight we are happy and tonight we leave from here without a voice from so much singing and all sweat from so much dancing “.

Mexico creates marine reserve around islands called ‘Galapagos of North America’

Mexico creates marine reserve around islands called ‘Galapagos of North America’

November 25, 2017

Mexico’s government has created a marine park the size of Illinois in the Pacific, the largest ocean reserve in North America for the conservation of giant rays, whales and turtles, including dozens of species endemic to the area.

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto designated on Friday the Revillagigedo Archipelago, located some 390 km (242 miles) southeast of the Baja California peninsula, as a national park.

The four volcanic islands that make up the Revillagigedo Archipelago and the surrounding waters are home to hundreds of species of animals and plants, including rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, lizards and migratory birds.

The archipelago is sometimes known as the Galapagos of North America, in reference to the volcanic Ecuadorean islands whose abundance of endemic species inspired biologist Charles Darwin.

The 148,000 square kilometers (57,143 square miles) area is a breeding ground for commercially fished species such as tuna and sierra.

Now all fishing activities will be prohibited, as well as the construction of hotel infrastructure on the islands.

The Environment Ministry and Navy “will carry out surveillance, equipment and training activities that will include remote monitoring in real time, environmental education directed at fishermen and sanctions against offenders,” said Pena Nieto.

The creation of the marine park is expected to help recover fish populations hit hard by commercial fishing and was praised by the World Wildlife Fund and British billionaire Richard Branson.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

Mexico creates marine reserve around islands called ‘Galapagos of North America’

Mexico creates marine reserve around islands called ‘Galapagos of North America’

November 25, 2017

Mexico’s government has created a marine park the size of Illinois in the Pacific, the largest ocean reserve in North America for the conservation of giant rays, whales and turtles, including dozens of species endemic to the area.

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto designated on Friday the Revillagigedo Archipelago, located some 390 km (242 miles) southeast of the Baja California peninsula, as a national park.

The four volcanic islands that make up the Revillagigedo Archipelago and the surrounding waters are home to hundreds of species of animals and plants, including rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, lizards and migratory birds.

The archipelago is sometimes known as the Galapagos of North America, in reference to the volcanic Ecuadorean islands whose abundance of endemic species inspired biologist Charles Darwin.

The 148,000 square kilometers (57,143 square miles) area is a breeding ground for commercially fished species such as tuna and sierra.

Now all fishing activities will be prohibited, as well as the construction of hotel infrastructure on the islands.

The Environment Ministry and Navy “will carry out surveillance, equipment and training activities that will include remote monitoring in real time, environmental education directed at fishermen and sanctions against offenders,” said Pena Nieto.

The creation of the marine park is expected to help recover fish populations hit hard by commercial fishing and was praised by the World Wildlife Fund and British billionaire Richard Branson.

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

More than 80 thousand sea turtle hatchlings released in Puerto Vallarta

More than 80 thousand sea turtle hatchlings released in Puerto Vallarta

November 21, 2017

Puerto Vallarta continues to demonstrate its commitment to caring for the environment and its natural species by strengthening the efforts of the Municipal Program for the Protection of the Sea Turtle. This year, the program has made it possible to protect more than a 1,900 nests and release 80 thousand hatchlings.

Deputy Director of Environment and Ecology, Albino Garay de la O, noted that the collection has exceeded what has been achieved in previous years and the number will continue to increase through the month from December. He indicated that turtles arrive to spawn at the beaches of Puerto Vallarta after June, with the rainy season being te peek period, so that the actions for their care are maintained throughout the year, along with environmental awareness and education talks in schools, from pre-school to university level, as well as people who meet on the beaches to participate in the releases.

“Fortunately, the citizenry is becoming increasingly aware of the protection of turtles, the importance they have and, well, most people already know that collecting eggs or consuming them is a federal crime.” The Director of Ecology in the municipality said that the nests collected in the different beaches of the port are taken to the three pens, and later they are released.

When a turtle is seen spawning or the presence of a nest is detected, the authorities should be notified, keep a minimum distance of 10 meters to avoid driving the turtle away, do not try to touch it and if it is at night, you should not use flash if you want to take a picture.

To participate in the releases, those interested can call 2249121 to schedule their place, since the groups must be no larger than 30 people, for better control, and thus guarantee the security of the released turtles.

Mexico has a new message to the world

Mexico has a new message to the world

November 20, 2017

Mexico has been in the headlines with an unfortunate set of natural disasters over the past couple of months, but it’s not only ready to receive visitors again in its usual record numbers, it has also been working hard behind the scenes to showcase its diversity and gain new fans.

Ximena de Cordova, PR Executive Coordinator for the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB), recently gave a group of top international travel professionals gathered for the 2017 VIP Summit Los Cabos a look into the MTB’s new global marketing campaign.

The vibrant campaign takes a cue from the entity’s newest slogan, “Mexico: A World of Its Own,” and pays homage to this vast country’s tapestry of destinations, ecosystems, traditions, cuisine, architecture and much more, targeting different segments of the traveling public. The idea behind it is to ignite their passion for new experiences via tailored print material, TV commercials, radio commercial, and online—including an upcoming 360º digital platform that will allow travelers to immerse themselves in a virtual visit.

Not only does it feature well-known destinations such as Cancun, Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, it also showcases little-known towns and excursions, taking them off the beaten path.

“This campaign and its customized and targeted messages show that we do have something for each of our target markets,” said de Cordova. “Worlds that you thought didn’t exist can be found here.”

Among the productions featured in this campaign are beautifully executed videos that are virtual open letters from Mexico to the world, one country at a time including the US, UK, Korea, Japan, and Australia, among others.

According to de Cordova, the campaign is sending these video letters out to a total of 16 countries. But more than a simple invitation to visit, each video goes further to appeal to the heart and soul of the traveler from each specific country.

“We remembered the different connections we have with other countries and the attraction that already exists between the different nations,” explained de Cordova. “We wanted to create a direct conversation with our markets, so we created this non-traditional campaign.

“Every letter we send, we expect an answer. It’s the beginning of a conversation and an invitation for a direct conversation.”

Traditional connections, shared passions, small details and more are contained within each carefully crafted message, delivered by a voice that purposefully carries with it a Mexican accent.

“We went from ‘Live it to Believe it’ to ‘come experience it’,” said de Cordova. “It’s not a question of when are you coming [to Mexico], but how far will you go.”

For a look at what Mexico has to offer and both build and save itineraries, visit the Mexico Tourism Board’s official website at www.visitmexico.com/en.

Originally posted on TravelPulse

This weekend is about Tacos and Beer in Puerto Vallarta

This weekend is about Tacos and Beer in Puerto Vallarta

November 17, 2017

Rest days are always a pretext to get out of our normal routine, pack and explore our area. A corner that is always in our mind is Puerto Vallarta, a coastal paradise that offers two new festivals in its list of attractions this weekend: The Taco Festival and the Beer Festival.

El Taco (November 18 and 19) celebrates its second edition at the port and in the words of José Pelayo, organizer of the event, the intention is “to offer visitors the best flavors we have, with prices ranging from $10 to the $30 pesos in a complete family environment”.

“This year,” adds Pelayo, “we will be at the Agustín López Contreras Sports Unit from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with pastor’s tacos, steak, birria and arrachera from participating restaurants and chefs. In addition we will have craft beer sale, for those who seek to give a perfect marriage.”

If the festival does not sound attractive enough, it has as a great “plus” that this year, the popular monero “Trino”, who will present his book “Don Taquero”; In addition to that there will also be Deborah Holtz and Alejandro Escalante, author of the famous “Tacopedia”.

The tacos will not be the only event of the weekend. This weekend also takes place in Puerto Vallarta the Beer Festival, also from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with labels from Sayulita, Guadalajara and Puebla. The event will be hosted by the Vallarta Culture Institute, located on the Cuale River.

Admission to the event, says Edgar Cisneros, spokesperson for the event, will be free, with beers ranging from $35 to $50 pesos. “Although it is beer, we seek to bring the whole family together – the sale of alcohol will be controlled – especially inviting tourists, who will be able to enjoy the flavors that Vallarta has for its visitors.”

Among the craft brewers that will be present at the event are Los Muertos Brewing and Los Cuentos, both from Puerto Vallarta; from Guadalajara goes Minerva Beer; of Sayulita will be present Yambak and The Beer Box of Puebla, in addition to the presence of mixologists who will be preparing cocktails.

Not everything will be chela, because the gastronomic offer of the city will be present, with seafood burritas, Italian style ciabatta, ceviches, aguachiles, Arabic tacos, pizzas and sandwiches.

As to promote the culture, there will be a contest for artists who perform works of drawing, sculpture, painting or photography, artists exhibit their work from November 16 to 25 in the Vallartense Institute of Culture, where the first three places will be awarded.

The History of the Mexican Revolution and it’s Heroes

The History of the Mexican Revolution and it’s Heroes


November 16, 2017
Though Francisco I. Madero started the Revolution, the most colorful revolutionary leaders were Pancho Villa, the “Centaur of the North,” and Emiliano Zapata, leader of the “Liberation Army of the South.”

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – November 20, 2017 marks the 107th anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution, a period of change for the people of Mexico – and a time to remember and enjoy the freedom that was brought about by Mexico’s revolutionaries.

The Mexican Revolution began November 20th, 1910, as an uprising against longtime dictator Porfirio Diaz, who resigned and left the country in 1911. But the abdication of Porfirio Diaz did not usher in an era of peace and prosperity. Far from it. In fact, the armed struggle lasted for the better part of a decade until around 1920.

Several groups, led by revolutionaries including Francisco Madero, Pascual Orozco, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, participated in the conflict.

Francisco I. Madero, who started the Revolution and became president, was overthrown by Victoriano Huerta, who in turn was overthrown by a coalition which then broke up into warring factions.

Pancho Villa, the “Centaur of the North,” and Emiliano Zapata, leader of the “Liberation Army of the South,” were the two most colorful revolutionary leaders. They’ve also made the deepest impression on the collective psyche of the Mexican people.Pancho Villa was defeated in 1915 at Celaya, the biggest battle of the Revolution, by Alvaro Obregon. (Obregon won, but Villa is much more famous today.)

After the Carranza/Obregon faction triumphed over the Villa/Zapata alliance, a new constitution was drafted under Venustiano Carranza’s leadership in 1917. It’s still in use, though with many amendments.

Throughout Mexico, there are streets and monuments named for the various heroes of the Mexican Revolution, principally Madero, Zapata, Villa and Carranza, and Mexican schools teach its importance, as it was not only a significant example of simple people’s ability to fight a structure internally for a true change, but is also an reminder that all people have the right to be free from oppression of any kind.

Thus, El Día de la Revolución is a time of celebration with music, (especially Mariachi, which became the symbol of the Revolution because it represented the national spirit of the indigenous Mexican blood,) parades, and cultural activities in cities throughout Mexico.

On Monday, as we celebrate the National Holiday here in Puerto Vallarta, banks, government offices and about half of the businesses in town will be closed as most people have the day off to watch traditional parade that winds through downtown in celebration of El Día de la Revolución. The celebrations continue throughout the day with shouts of “Viva la Revolución!” and “Viva Mexico!” heard, and stories told or sung about the revolutionary heroes who ended the struggle and helped to reform Mexico.

We wish all of our readers, wherever they may be, a happy Mexican Revolution Day!

La Palapa Celebrates 60 Years

La Palapa Celebrates 60 Years

La Palapa does not only sell food; they sell a cultural and culinary experience.
This December, the original restaurant La Palapa celebrates its 60th anniversary. Opening its doors in 1957 under the administration of Rodelinda Perez, she and her husband dreamed of opening the first beachfront restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Sofia Boettner, director of the department of marketing and public relations, shared with us.
Rodelinda is the older sister of the current owner, Alberto Pérez, who is the youngest of 11 children. In 1987 Alberto took the reins of the business and reimagined the style and concept from a canteen style to a gourmet restaurant by the beach.
The cuisine focuses on ‘Tropical Mexican’ often adding local fruit accents to the dishes. The popular ‘La Palapa Shrimp’ dish is a recipe nearly as old as the restaurant itself. Fresh shrimp are served in a coconut, guanabana and tequila sauce. It’s as delicious as it sounds. Several of the dishes on the menu have hints of mango, apricot, pineapple, habanero-apricot and pineapple-habanero sauces.
Long recognized as one of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city, it is a near-perfect blend of atmosphere, cuisine, service, and value. The impeccable staff is trained not to sell food, but to sell a culinary and cultural experience.
The restaurant is a tropical delight, decorated with exotic plants, coconut paintings, handcrafted furniture made by local workers using local materials and housed under a fabulous palm leaf palapa. Romantically lit with elegant place settings, this is the restaurant to celebrate your most cherished memories.
Owner Alberto Pérez has maintained control and oversight in the design of the menu. Even though he is not the official chef of La Palapa, he creates the dishes and the combinations of flavours. Valuing his team of professional chefs led by Jesús Rodríguez and Emilio Áramburo, Perez keeps a steady hand on La Palapa ensuring its quality and atmosphere remain of the highest standards.
A long-time client who was dining at La Palapa the day of our interview said “The atmosphere here is exciting, it makes me remember many things from my youth and childhood. Now I come with my children, ” he said with nostalgia and joy.

Puerto Vallarta prepares for 13-day pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Puerto Vallarta prepares for 13-day pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe

November 13, 2017

The Coordination of Civil Protection, under the leadership of Adrián Bobadilla García, organized a preparatory meeting with representatives of the different agencies involved to review the logistics and security issues in the next 13-day pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta.

This year the activities begin on November 30 with a unique pilgrimage of the staff of the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which will take place at 6:00 PM, and on December 1 the traditional pilgrimages and celebrations will begin for 12-days.

As every year, special attention is paid to the installation of food stalls and snacks, both in the main square and in other areas of the city, due to the use of fuels (gas) and electricity. Also, in this meeting the security measures were established to implement both surveillance and roads, to guarantee the physical integrity of the people during the 13 days of the pilgrimages.

Each year beginning on December 1 and through December 12, thousands of people arrive in Puerto Vallarta to celebrate Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or the Day of Our Lady Guadalupe, the city’s Patron Saint and name of the city’s main church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is commonly known as the Virgin Mary and she is no ordinary being. In 1531 she appeared four times to an indigenous Christian convert, Juan Diego, on Cerro del Tepeyac (Tepeyac Hill). Over the centuries she’s been credited with all manner of miracles, and has become Mexico’s patron saint. Little wonder her big day is considered such a big deal.

In Puerto Vallarta thousands of people will participate in the nightly pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe church in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The streets are filled for twelve nights with music, celebration, and the colors of Mexico as people make their way with gifts for the Lady of Guadalupe altar in the church.

The nightly candlelit pilgrimages are one of the area’s most celebrated traditions during the Christmas season in Puerto Vallarta. The last night of the pilgrimages, December 12, is by far the most crowded and exciting closed by a special service honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe at the church and in the streets. Like any true celebration in Puerto Vallarta, the evening finishes with a fireworks show over the Bay of Banderas.